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Retrospective Review 03: The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl
The Goo Goo Dolls kind of define everything a Mom-Rock band should be. They have the sensitive/handsome vocalist. A kind of punk guy (I guess) who is around for the edge. Lyrics that are written to get moms on the edge of there seats. They also have some really great melodies that get stuck in your head for days. They weren’t always a Mom-Rock band though, but I guess let the pretty boy sing more and make some more money.
My first experience with this album is that I secretly loved the song Iris but didn’t want to admit it because my middle school friends would make fun of me. Going back this album is still pretty great. People who had moms that jammed this totally got into Mineral & probably really enjoy all these new Emo-Revival bands. Some of the most twinkly guitar playing and noodling. The lyrics are sad (kinda).
The album opens with butt rock chugs of Dizzy. Give the song about 30 seconds and you can already hear the Mineral coming through. The chorus is really twinkly & even the Grunge parts sound like Mineral. The next track is Slide. They Pro-Life lyrics in this song are not my cup of tea, but once again musically this song is great. Broadway was the single from this album I cared about the least. Not a terrible song but sounds like all the other songs so far. January friend is a throwback track to when the Goo Goo Dolls were a “Punk” band and honestly should not have made the album. Black Balloon sounds like a Christian Rock song you would hear at a church. Sounds too praisy and brings the album down a bit. Bulletproof & Amigone feel like filler songs and make the album drag on a bit too long. All Eyes On Me is one the best 90’s Emo jams nobody will ever recognize. The opening riff is really pretty and the octave chordy chorus is about as cool as any Emo band at the time. Full Forever is another song that Robby sings and should have been cut from the album. Acoustic #3 is the most Mom-Rock song on the album and sounds like a song a sad soccer mom would listen to in her car while she waited on her kids game to finish. Iris is the best song on the album hands down. Also how many people related to “When Everything Feels Like the Movies, Yeah You Bleed Just To Know You’re Alive.” Lyrically this song is sadder and better than anything written by ihatemyself, Christie Front Drive, or Jejune. Extra Pale isn’t a terrible song but should have been placed in a different spot on the album because Iris should have ended it. Hate This Place is the same way, if you dig Weezer you’ll probably really like this track.
LONG REVIEW MADE SHORT
The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl LP is still pretty great. More Twinkly or Emo then they are given credit for. More than just a Mom-Rock album.
FOR FANS OF: MINERAL, TEXAS IS THE REASON, JOIE DE VIVRE
Retrospective Review 02: Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park is a band that against all odds is somehow still relevant in 2014. They are also a band that is the definition of too little too late. Hybrid Theory is an album that came out even after Crazytown ruined radio rock for a long time with The Gift Of Game. Linkin Park gave Mike a guitar and he stopped rapping so much way late after the death of Rap-Metal. They seem to always be a year or two behind what is cool or interesting and are never doing anything that exciting but for some reason can still be in a Transfromers movie.
My experience with Hybrid Theory started with a friend from school giving me his extra copy of the cd after i rapped almost all the words to All-Star by Smash Mouth at lunch. I was super excited to get the cd and I listened to it almost every bus ride home/to school. In middle school Linkin Park could do no wrong and even got Meteora the day it came out, but that’s a different album and review for another time.
Hybrid Theory opens with Papercut which is sadly the heaviest song on the album. It also let’s you know that every one of the songs was probably written to be in a Need For Speed game or a movie starring Jet Li. As far as an album opener Linkin Park does it well. They let you know the album is going to have a lot of recycled Nu-Metal riffs, annoying dual vocals, and lyrics about hating yourself but it’s okay cus Chester also hates himself. The next song we have is the big first single, One Step Closer. This song was the butt rock radio station anthem. This is the song that sadly you would see kids mosh too at a middle school dance, When you’re Parents would make you mad you could really agree with Chester when he yells, “SHUT UP WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU!” With You is one of the worst songs of the Rap-Metal genre and should have been scrapped from the album. Point Of Authority sounds like a children’s rhyming book. Some of the weakest rapping in this scene. Crawling was a power ballad for a new generation of kids. It gets yelly but you’re supposed to feel something from it, I guess. Runaway, like all the other songs on this album are about how hard life is. At 1:55 when the song gets into the worst breakdown on the album it’s honestly cringe worthy. By Myself sounds like a song that was made for one of the Anime Videos you see people post on youtube. It’s the worst song Limp Bizkit never wrote. In The End is probably the best song on the album and should have been the closer. Mikes rhymes aren’t super annoying and Chesters singing is the closest to not being Fuel in this song. The most original ideas on this album are in this song. The minimalistic music in the verses feels like a breath of fresh air on this album full of non stop powerchord chugs. A Place For My Head and Forgotten are filler tracks. Now we are the horrible experiment at Trip-Hop called Cure For The Itch. I’m not really sure why this song is on the album or what they were trying to go for but it is really unnecessary. The closer for the album Pushing Me Away should do just that. Push you away from this album.
LONG REVIEW MADE SHORT
Hybrid Theory doesn’t have one original idea, feels extremely dated for even the time it came out, and is way too long for every song to sound exactly the same. I can’t think of one redeemable quality on this album. The album is for the kid who said, “rap is crap” in middle school.
FOR FANS OF: ICP, ISSUES, FALLING IN REVERSE
Retrospective Review 01: System Of A Down - Toxicity
While talking to one of my best friends recently I got the idea to review albums I used to like but either thought I was too cool for or got into better music later on and forgot they existed. I’m going to review all the phases of albums starting with the nu-metal that ruled my middle school cd player all the way up to the emo pop-punk that I thought I was so cool for liking.
So what is a better album to start with than the sophomore release from System Of A Down, Toxicity. I was given this album by a friend of mine who told me, “Check this out. The political parts suck but the album rocks” or something like that. Being a 6th grader I also did not care about the political lyrics because I liked my punk poppy, about skateboarding, and chicks. At the time the gems on the album to me were Chop Suey!, Bounce (THPS4 anyone), & Ariels.
Going back to this album album almost 13 years later here are my thoughts. One this album is full of D-Beat & Blasts. Like lots of it. It’s really obvious which kids got into Hatebreed and then went onto Poison The Well because of this album. The album opens with Prison Song which is basically a Power Violence Song for posers. Song is pretty awesome though. Then we get into more D-Beat in Needles. I don’t think this song is actually about anything. Deer Dance is probably the silliest song other than Bounce on the album. the 0:41-0:50 mark of this song is the structure for every Trustkill/Ferret Style band for years. Every local band did this for a while but just called it Hardcore. Jet Pilot is probably the most bro-mosh song on the LP. X was a song I never got into and still can’t dig, once again sounds like Hatebreed. Now we get to the first big single, Chop Suey!. This song was on all of my mixed cds in middle school and was the jam. This song is still a pretty rad nu-metal jam and the tempo changes/harmonies are still pretty cool. the background tremolo picking during the WAKE UP! part is also a pretty nice touch I never noticed. Bounce is a song that is really silly and I’m sure has a double meaning, but to me it will always just be a song on a Tony Hawk game. Forest, ATWA, Science, & Shimmy all kind of feel like filler tracks and make the album drag on. The tittle track for the album was always pretty meh to me in middle school. It has some pretty cool drum fills but other than that I still can’t get into it. The bass chorus on psycho with the dancy drum parts is very Untouchables era KoЯn and in general just sounds like that style of nu-metal. Now we get to ariels. This song to me is the reason that bands like Three Days Grace got to exist and is the reason Slipknot took the mask off. For some reason it was cool to have the sensitive riffs with chugging guitars and it opened a door for bands Smile Empty Soul to write full albums that sound like this one song. Arto is the last song on the album and is a pretty whatever closer song, if I had to retrack this cd I would just cut that song and end it with Ariels.
LONG REVIEW MADE SHORT
This album is probably the reason a lot of people got into D-Beat Hardcore/Power Violence. A Lot better than most Nu-Metal at the time.
FOR FANS OF: HATEBREED, THROWDOWN, WEEKEND NACHOS
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